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Launnie 101 - a primer for students

There is so much more to a great student experience in Launnie. Of course, you will need to have your bases covered with great cheap-eats and free wi-fi but finding ways to connect with your new community is just as important. Dive into experiences and activities that will leave you feeling good and won’t cost the earth.

EAT WELL

The Harvest Market. An excellent way to find fresh local produce and sample local cuisine without breaking the bank. 71 Cimitiere St

Bread & Butter. The coffee and Wi-Fi are strong, the baked goods are delicious, and the chic warehouse conversion is a cool place for weekday study dates. 89 Cimitiere St

Sweetbrew. Great coffee, good vibes and central to everything in Launceston. Great for breakfast or brunch. 93 George St

Earthy Eats. Vegan, chic and all about quality fresh food. Good for bringing some balance to a pizza-heavy diet or dining with dietary requirements. 19 Kingsway

Liv Eat. Fast food that’s way fresher and healthier than the drive-through. Your go to for salads, burrito bowls and chia puddings. 86 Brisbane Street

Samuel Pepys Café. 100% Gluten free, all day. Great for coffee, gluten free slices and light meals. Quirky retro decor and a generally chill outlook. 106 George Street

Burger Junkie. When the only thing that will hit the spot is a big juicy burger, these are some of the best and featuring all local fresh produce. 105 St John Street

FIND WAYS TO CONNECT

Live Music. Find festivals, local live music or your next favourite local band at intimate venues all over the city. Launceston gig guide is a great place to start.

Student travel. Student unions and clubs are a great way to hitch a ride on tours and adventures in Launceston and beyond and meet new people.

Art & Culture. Find exhibitions, galleries, festivals, storytelling, theatre and more in Launceston and surrounds with the Tasmanian Arts Guide.

Volunteering. Volunteering can be an excellent way to connect with lovely locals and make a difference to the causes you care about.

Cook with friends. Try something new or give new friends a taste of your (other) home cuisine. You’ll find everything you need at stores like Ye Old Greengrocer, Tsing Wah, Alps & Amici (just to name a few)

Social sport. Joining a sports team or movement class is a great way to meet people and stay healthy. Check out PCYC, Launceston Park Run, Salsa in the park or even the local circus school. You could even start your own walking club and sample some of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.

Vintage shopping. Keep an eye out for ‘op shops’ (second hand shops) dotted around the city. Vinnies, Salvos, Mission, Red Cross, and Town Trader are inexpensive, and environmentally friendly ways to bring interest to your wardrobe or pick up seasonal basics. Facebook marketplace is a smart way to pick up lightly used homewares and accessories to help you feel at home in your new digs. Fossick through quirky selections at second hand bookshops and don’t miss My Closet Market, Launnies biggest preloved fashion market for men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

SAY IT LIKE A LOCAL

Launceston: Launnie (pronounced “Lonny”)

Tasmania: Tassie (pronounced “Tazzy”)

Heat pump: Reverse cycle air conditioner

Queue: A line of people waiting for something

Mainlander: Anyone from mainland Australia

Puffer: A down-filled winter vest or jacket

Thongs: Flip flops or sandals

Esky: An insulated container or cooler

Torch: Flashlight

Lift: elevator

Tomato Sauce: Ketchup

Lolly: Candy or sweets

This arvo: This afternoon

Do a uey: To make a U Turn